Soil Layers Teacher Resources
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Soil Layers - Chemical Erosion
Pupils build a model of the soil layers by filling a clear mason jar with six different colors of sand. The students work together to identify which color stands for which layer. They record the layers of their jar in a journal.
Layering the Soil
Students explore the soil layers in their local community. For this earth science lesson, students classify soil samples according to their texture. They explain how to estimate the depth of the active layer with measuring it.
Students examine soil. In this soil composition instructional activity students participate in soil sedimentation and filtration activities. The students discuss what non-living and living things are in soil and why it is so important.
Paleoclimate of the Hudson Valley
Students recognize how the climate of the Hudson Valley has changed since the last glaciation and be able to explain these changes. They reconstruct the paleoclimate of the Hudson Valley.
Learners model the soils layers using Oreo's. For this lesson students use their favorite food items to create a model of soil layers. A discovery lesson from a youth camp is adapted for classroom modeling and discussion of soil ecology. Teachers can customize to add depth to meet their needs.
In this soil worksheet, middle schoolers will use a diagram of a soil profile showing different soil layers to complete 7 short answer questions.
Kentucky Coal, Reclamation and Subsidence
Students read and discuss the information that they read on the "Kentucky Coal, Reclamation and Subsidence." They then answer questions in reference to the reading. Some questions that students answer are: What is reclamation?, Name three uses of reclaimed land., and What natural resources must be considered when mining and reclamation are considered?
Ninth graders identify the different layers of soil. In this earth science lesson, 9th graders explain how limestone layers are formed. They identify the different parts of the coral colony.
Soil: A Natural Resource
This presentation on soil shows how it is formed, what the different types of soil are, how soil is eroded, and how soil can be conserved. Fantastic photos and excellent graphics and text are found in each of the slides. The last slide is set up as a nice review of everything pupils have learned during the slide show. An excellent PowerPoint!
New! What's Is Soil Made Of?
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second instructional activity of this series on the science of food. Investigate where plants and animals get the minerals they need to live in this two-part exploration of soil. First, learners look carefully at soil samples, recording their observations and identifying the different materials they find. Then, plastic bottles filled with soil and water are shaken up in order to observe how the soil settles in different layers at the bottom. Measure these layers and discuss how soil is composed of a variety of materials. Use this activity to facilitate a better understanding of plant life, or as part of a instructional activity on geological processes.
Eighth graders put their knowledge of rocks and minerals into perspective by seeing how minerals can be mined and the difficulties and costs of mining. They explore the environmental impacts of mining.
Stories in the Soil
Fourth graders examine layers of soil through observation and describe how these layers are deposited over time. In this stories in the soil lesson, 4th graders observe soil samples. Students retell a story by creating layers caused by changes to the Earth's surface. Students then summarize specific information about layers in order to tell the history of a place.
Third graders observe a habitat. In this earthworm lesson, 3rd graders read Wonderful Worms and learn about the value of earthworms. Students view a worm habitat and record their observations.
Water: A Necessity for Life
Students examine types of aquifers and make a model landfill. In this water usage activity, students determine the difference between confined and unconfined aquifers. They build a model landfill, observe it for two weeks, and analyze what type of influence it has on the water supply. They complete a map that shows an aquifer in Kansas.
Rain Forest Adventures
Students identify and describe where tropical rain forests are located and examine the geographical correlation between rainfall and rain forest. They brainstorm what they think they know about tropical rain forests - where they're located, characteristics of these environments.
Change Since 1609
Students recognize how the climate of the Hudson Valley has changed since the last glaciation. They explain these changes using a reconstruction of the land use changes in the Hudson Valley composed of confetti, Ziploc bags and other everyday items.
Let's Make a Compost Cake
Students create a compost cake. In this gardening and decomposition science lesson, students review and describe the "nutrient cycle." Students create a compost pile, measure and record the dimensions and temperature of the pile, and make predictions about how the appearance of the pile might change over time.
The Magic School Bus Rocks and Rolls
Students learn along with Ms. Frizzle's class. In this Magic School Bus lesson plan, students explore how running water moves earth and creates new landforms.
Layering the Soil
Pupils study and classify soil. In this soil science instructional activity, students classify soil by texture and size and study soil horizons. Pupils label the soil types with their specific soil horizon and learn about permafrost. Students complete a soil horizons worksheet.
An interesting lesson on different types of soils is here for you. In it, learners discuss what soil is, and consider three piles of soil - clay, sand, and loam. During the rest of the lesson, third graders discover all sorts of interesting facts about soil: how it is made, what it is used for, and how each type of soil is best for certain applications.